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10.29.2012

UGA Theatre students go to class as simulated patients

Medical Students at the Georgia Health Sciences University Athens Campus are getting a valuable dose of practice with their clinical experience. The school teamed up with the University of Georgia Theatre Department to provide candidates experience with “simulated patients.”

First year medical students are required to take part in these extensive clinical simulations as part of their curriculum. What began as a combination of volunteers, untrained actors, and students, is now a course offered to graduate students pursuing degrees in theatre. The course requires students to participate in simulated doctors’ visits and training Athens area volunteers on skills and techniques needed to most benefit the aspiring doctors.

The focus of the course allows both the theatre and medical students a chance to deal with the wide spectrum of emotions and scenarios that can play out in the medical realm. A doctor’s ability to aptly communicate with a patient is positively correlated to accurate, early diagnosis and treatment. The GHSU students learn to recognize the signs and symptoms the actors are trained to simulate. This allows real world application of the material they cover in the class room.

Nearly any situation can be created through simulation, and participants hope that the course will yield a new generation of Georgia physicians better skilled than ever at communicating and interacting with individual patients. The UGA/GHSU Medical Partnership appears to be at the forefront of this form of clinical preparation.

It is exciting to see two distinct disciplines collaborating together on campus. I am proud of the University for being a leader in this progressive classroom experience, and I am eager to see the positive impact these students will provide Georgia upon graduation. Go Dawgs!

CLICK HERE for a video about the training. 

CLICK HERE for a feature story by Georgia Health News.

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10.31.2014

UGA College of Education honors five alumni for career achievements

Five UGA College of Education graduates were recognized for their career achievements and community leadership with 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards at the college’s second annual Donor Appreciation and Alumni Awards Dinner held earlier this month at the UGA Center for Continuing Education.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Whitney Myers (EDD '91) was awarded the COE’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for his success and significant impact in education.

A doctoral graduate from Sylvania, Myers spent his career teaching and working with children, starting in Effingham County and the Marvin Pittman Laboratory School at Georgia Southern University, and then in Griffin-Spalding County Schools. He spent his summers on staff at the state FFA-FHA camp in Covington and became assistant camp director in 1984.

Myers later returned to Griffin-Spalding schools as an assistant principal, then moved to Screven County as principal of the elementary school there.

Myers’ leadership experience has taken him to present at conferences and legislative hearings. After retiring from Screven County, Myers became the half-time executive director of Georgia’s First District Regional Education Service Agency, which helps schools share and enhance resources.

Crystal Apple Award

Double Dawg Ian Altman (AB '04, MED '06) was recognized for making a significant impact on student, school and school district performance with a 2014 Crystal Apple Award.

After enrolling at UGA to pursue a degree in philosophy, Altman delayed his graduation for several years in order to take extra classes in English, comparative literature and classics. After completing his master’s degree in education in 2006, he began teaching English at Clarke Central High School in Athens, where he remains today. Four years ago he moved from the freshman academy to teaching American literature and Advanced Placement English, where he incorporates philosophical perspectives on intellectual history and rhetoric into his lessons.

Professional Achievement Award

Kimber Shelton (PHD '09)

Two COE graduates—Kimber Shelton (PHD '09) and Tonya Harris Cornileus (MED '04, PHD '10)—were recognized for their significant achievements in the midpoint of their careers with 2014 Professional Achievement Awards.

Shelton focuses on empowering individuals and couples through private, one-on-one counseling and creating systemic change at large-scale university settings, where she trained hundreds of students, faculty and staff.

As a staff psychologist and coordinator of diversity programming at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Counseling Center, Shelton, a 2009 doctoral graduate, helped improve the mood and functioning of students while also developing diversity programs that had effects throughout the campus. She developed and led monthly staff cultural competence trainings, created the counseling center’s diversity and inclusivity mission statement, created training materials for the school’s Office of Minority Education Peer Tutor program, created diversity-related outreach aimed at reducing mental health stigma and revamped Georgia Tech’s Safe Space training program, which involved training more than 200 staff, students and faculty on sexual and gender minority awareness issues.

While at Georgia Tech and also in private practice, Shelton stayed active in several professional organizations, including co-chairing the Early Career Psychologist Transition Project for the American Psychological Association Society of Counseling Psychology. Shelton co-authored a textbook on university counseling that will be published in December 2014 and has about 20 other publications focused on diversity and social justice. In her private practice, Shelton specializes in working with underserved populations including ethnic minorities and sexual/gender minority clients. She said her interest in working with underserved populations grew while she was a UGA student, where courses on diversity and gender, her work with women in a local homeless shelter, and experience leading a gender-issues group pushed her own self-exploration of culture and responsibility.

  

Tonya Harris Cornelius (MED '04, PHD '10)

Cornileus, a 2004 master’s graduate and 2010 doctoral graduate, is the vice president for learning and organizational development at ESPN, where she is part of the sports network’s human resources leadership team. She is responsible for the global learning, talent management and organizational development strategies for ESPN employees around the world.

Teaching was a passion for Cornileus when, armed with a degree in telecommunications, she spent eight years working in various school districts. She transitioned from teaching to the corporate setting when she became the manager of training and quality assurance for the telecommunications company Innotrac Corporation. After becoming vice president for training and organizational development for Aegis Communications Group, she earned her master’s degree and moved to Turner Broadcasting System as director of executive development and organizational effectiveness. She returned to UGA for a doctorate in adult education/human resources and organizational development before moving to her current job at ESPN.  

Service Award

For his service to the community and commitment to education, Mark Slonaker (BSED '80) was recognized with the 2014 Service Award.

Along with his role as head of the UGA Athletic Association’s fundraising arm, he shares his sports knowledge as a guest lecturer for sport management majors. This experience has led him to mentor several students and even take on a student as part of his practicum.

Slonaker, of Watkinsville, took over the Georgia Bulldog Club in 2011, and since then has started several programs, including a young alumni ticketing program, an endowment program, fundraising plans for Foley Field and the Equestrian Center facility, and a restructured scholarship program.

Click here to learn more about these honorees. 

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10.30.2014

Former Bulldog Advocates for Arts Education

A former Bulldog is working hard to provide arts education to students in underserved public schools and communities in the Southern California area.

Amy Shapiro (BSED ’00) is the executive director of advancement and operations for the nonprofit organization, P.S. ARTS, where she leads a team of passionate individuals in their efforts to keep arts in the schools. P.S. ARTS “provides yearlong arts education in dance, the visual arts, music, and theater to every child in a school during the regular school day.”

Through her role, Shapiro leads fundraising initiatives that keep P.S. ARTS running. She plays a large role in running the administrative side of the organization, while staying involved with the activities that are at the heart of the organization’s mission. 

The organization is heavily funded by individuals in Hollywood that share P.S. ARTS' passion for fostering a love of the arts. With a board of trustees made up of educators, television producers, artists, and other committed individuals, P.S. ARTS continues to expand its services, reaching nearly 20,000 students that need art education in their schools.

To learn more about the program, visit www.psarts.org.  

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10.29.2014

Georgia agricultural leadership program graduates inaugural class

After spending two years learning about Georgia’s largest industry and developing leadership skills, the inaugural class of Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry has graduated from the program.

University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty launched Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry, or AGL, in 2012. The program is designed to educate and empower Georgia’s agricultural and natural resource industry leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia—the state’s agricultural and forestry industries.

Thirteen industry leaders, including six UGA graduates and one current student, spent the last two years touring farms and processing plants, traveling throughout the state and across the nation. They also spent two weeks in India learning about Georgia agriculture’s role in the global economy.

“This class has shared in a journey that has covered many counties in Georgia, multiple states and a foreign country,” said Elliot Marsh, a precision agriculture coordinator at Southern States Cooperative and the AGL advisory board chairman. “These graduates are already making an impact in our communities and the state of Georgia. I believe that their experiences will play a tremendous role in Georgia’s agriculture community for many years to come.”

AGL program participants are from all segments of the state’s agriculture and forestry industries.

“My experience with AGL made me a better leader and citizen,” said AGL graduate Mark Risse (BSAE '87, MS '89), the UGA Georgia Power Professor of Water Resources and director of the UGA Marine Extension Service. “I met hundreds of leaders across Georgia, and my interactions with them taught me that leadership comes in many forms. The experiences that I had, the people that I met and what I learned about myself put me in a better position to accomplish my goals as well as to advocate for those things that I think are important.”

The AGL program is coordinated by faculty in the college’s department of agricultural leadership, education and communication.

“Adult non-formal educational opportunities sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences like AGL are helping Georgia become a top agricultural state in the nation and world,” said Kay Kelsey, head of the department of agricultural leadership, education and communication. “It’s an experience that will be a game changer for participants.”

    

The inaugural class of UGA’s Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry program, are, front row from left to right, Jutt Howard, Sarah M. Cook '15, Amanda Tedrow (BSA '03, MPPPM '10), Derick Wooten, Jenni Harris and Steve Gibson (MPA '97); middle row, AGL assistant director Kristi Farner, Brandon Ashley (BSA '07), Jesse Johnson (BSFR '00) and Rebecca Thomas and, back row, Duane Myers, AGL director Rochelle Strickland, Tate Izlar O’Rouke (ABJ '05, AB '05), Mark Risse (BSAE '87, MS '89) and Brent Allen. (Credit: Paul Efland/UGA)

The second AGL class will begin in early 2015. For more information, see http://www.agl.caes.uga.edu/.

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